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Good fun if you're willing to embarrass yourself
on 10 July 2015
The novelty 2013 Ylvis song “The Fox” is old news in internet-land, but let’s face it, young kids don’t know that yet. So does the storybook hold its own in the long term? More or less.
If your kids have no idea that it’s a song, then this is mostly fine for the 3-year-old age range, give or take, except that the ‘chorus’ bits are rather weird and there’s no real sense of a story ending. The artwork is quite harsh and abstract by children’s book standards, which is a little bit off-putting. It’s sort of passable as ‘just a book’.
Once you introduce your kids to the idea that there’s a song too, it gets better. It’s actually really good fun to read-sing the book, doing a slow interpretation of the song melody. As a stern-faced grown-up adult, it’s really rather fun to read the verses with a straight face and then let rip with insane noises on the chorus. My daughter seems to enjoy it too, once she realises that I’m not just having a fit or something. It’s hard not to read it in a manic style- it doesn’t suit a bedroom wind-down.
It’s not quite so easy to read along whilst actually playing the song though. The lyrics are spread over too many pages, and the original song runs along so fast that it’s a struggle to turn the pages in time in some places.
Since young kids don’t know that “The Fox” is soooooo 2013, there’s still a bit of fun to be had with this book, but for proper longevity it would’ve been better if the drawings were just a tiny bit less psychotic.